By CNN Staff

 

A grand jury investigating the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, has indicted four more people in the case, including the school superintendent, two other educators and an assistant football coach, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday.

This brings to six the number of people the grand jury has indicted after two students were convicted in March of rape, DeWine said.

20 November 2013 – Drawing a direct link between violence against children and poverty, United Nations officials marked Universal Children’s Day with a call to make child protection a priority in the global development agenda for the decades to come.

By Travis Gettys

Police in football-mad Tallahassee, Florida, told a woman who accused Florida State’s quarterback of sexual assault that her life would “be made miserable” if she pursued charges against the star player.

An attorney for the woman and her family released a statement Wednesday about the detective’s comments in connection with the investigation of Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston.

A woman has been arrested in Somalia's capital after she alleged in a video interview posted online that she had been raped at gunpoint by colleagues.

The journalist who interviewed the 19-year-old has also been detained in Mogadishu, but the two men accused of rape have not been arrested.

It has been reported that the arrests came after those accused of rape complained about defamation.

The UN has called for a "proper investigation" into the case.

By Kristen Schweizer

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will introduce laws to force search engines’ to cooperate if new efforts to curb child pornography online fail, he said today while lauding efforts by Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)

Cameron credited the two with making “significant progress” in helping prevent such content from proliferating, in a statement ahead of today’s meeting of Internet companies, the National Crime Agency and charities on curbing child porn.

Thirty-nine government soldiers accused of war crimes have gone on trial in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Most of the charges relate to the mass rape and other acts of sexual violence against more than 130 women and girls in November 2012 by a retreating army.

Correspondents say the military trial comes after months of international pressure after some officers were suspended but no soldiers tried.

The UN then threatened to stop funding army units suspected of abuses.

Armed groups in eastern DR Congo often use rape as a weapon of war.

State lawmakers have been making great strides in cracking down on child sex traffickers – and better protecting the victims.

This year, 47 states enacted 186 bills related to domestic sex trafficking of minors – the exploitation of US citizens or lawful permanent residents under 18 for prostitution, pornography, or sexual performance, according to the latest annual report by Shared Hope International, an antitrafficking group based in Vancouver, Wash.

By Jennifer Steinhauer

WASHINGTON — Reports of sexual assault in the military increased sharply during the last fiscal year, new Pentagon figures showed Wednesday, just weeks before a defense bill with provisions to tackle the problem is expected to reach the Senate floor.

 There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defense Department in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, from October 2012 through June, a nearly 50 percent increase over the same period a year earlier. Defense Department officials said the numbers had continued to rise.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and a team of bipartisan lawmakers kicked off a two-week push yesterday to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Act will move the decision of whether to prosecute a crime out of the chain of command and give it to independent military prosecutors.

By Jon Hamilton

Maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear, researchers say. This could help explain why children who suffer abuse are much more likely than others to develop problems like anxiety and depression later on.

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